Betty was born on February 8, 1931, to Harold and Sylvia (Lenius) Neinas at her Grandfather's farm house in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. During her childhood, Betty's family resided in Door County, Wisconsin, with her parents eventually buying a farm near Maplewood. Upon graduating from Sturgeon Bay High School, she received a full scholarship to the Wisconsin Rural Normal School in Algoma and graduated with her diploma in teaching. Betty's first teaching job was at Tornado School, the same school that her father attended as a child.
Hearing of Betty, but having only seen her once from afar at a dance, Clyde convinced a friend to arrange a blind date for Clyde and Betty. From that first date, a deep and abiding love was born. Clyde and Betty married June 9, 1951, and soon after, purchased the Guth family cheese factory from Clyde's parents. During the early years of their marriage, Betty and Clyde had four children and later established their home in Green Bay where they resided the majority of their 64 years of marriage.
Betty was a devoted stay at home Mom for several years. An observer might describe Betty as the epitome of the "Wife of Noble Character" from Proverbs 31, taking her children to music lessons, back and forth for school functions, cooking, cleaning, sewing, gardening and still having time for the love of her life!
As her children were progressing in school, Betty also returned to school where she earned her bachelor and master degrees in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh, relaunching her teaching career. Betty went on to teach for 27 years in the West De Pere District, enjoying 24 of those years teaching the students of Lincoln Elementary school. To this day, she retained close relationships with a number of her colleagues and students who still recognize and appreciate her for her love of teaching.
Betty was a long standing member of the St. Paul Lutheran Ladies Aid and enjoyed the service and relationships that she developed over the years. For Betty's "downtime" she and Clyde would take the family to the cottage that her father built on Riley's Bay in Door County. Over the years, the cottage became the gathering place for family celebrations that created many fond memories for our family and friends.
Preceding her in death were Betty's parents, Harold and Sylvia Neinas.
Betty is survived by her beloved husband, Clyde; son, David and his wife, Camille; son, Dan and his wife, Julie; daughter, Cindy and her husband, Randy Coopmans; and son, Jim; her 9 loving grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren